We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexandra Siles and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexandra, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I have always been a risk taker. I think because I’m too lazy to actually think out the whole process of making a decision. Kinda kidding but there is truth to that too. Sometimes I just don’t know which way to proceed in my career so I usually just start throwing things at the wall and see what sticks. For me.. the majority of the time things stick. I think because I have always just followed my gut and went in the direction my passion took me. When I trust myself, things usually fall into their place.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a hair artist. I can look at a woman and know what she needs to look and feel her best. Not just because of the hair but I listen to their hair stories, their lifestyle, their lives and know how to give them that extra something to make them feel amazing about themselves when they look in that mirror every morning.
I do beautiful signature dry cuts and lived-in color and I also specialize in grey coverage as well. The meat of my work is extensions though Invisible Bead Extensions to be exact. I think to be really good at extensions you must master all other aspects first because everything ties into the art of hair extensions. I start by asking lifestyle questions to know what kind of color and length will suit you best. I only use the highest quality Russian/Slavic hand tied hair that is sewn into to a row of beads that are strategically put into your hair using ultra precise measurements based on your hair density. Every detail is perfected down to each and every hair. Then I will color everything together to create the ultimate seamless look and no one will know it’s not really your hair.
I got to where I am today because I am obsessed with the art of hairstyling. I am constantly listening and learning 18 years in. I will never stop learning my craft, it is always changing. To me, hair is everything.. it can make your day or ruin it. Overall if you are in love with your hair everything else will fall into place.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I was born and raised here in Miami so growing up and even now.. Joe’s Stone crab is classic Miami. La Sandwicherie for a Turkey croissant yum. Lucali and Pubbelly sushi for a good local spot. Byblos for Mediterranean. La Natural popped up after Covid and that place is a yummy gem. And then Chica for a drink after. Carbone for an upscale who’s who and a delicious meal. Pura Vida for a quick lunch break. Walk around design district and do some shopping and stop into my absolute favorite.. Mandolin (I do the owners hair)
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have to give props to my twin sister. At one point in our careers we opened a business together and she really taught me about the business world and how to navigate it. I have always been a creative and she is as well but she also has a wealth of business knowledge, more than anyone I know. And for sure my husband. He has helped me grow by allowing me to work from home and bringing all my crazy clients into our house and space. Now I am finally able to move on and have my own space outside of my house.
And last but not least… Annhy Shim and Mina Rofeh my dear friends and life gurus. They have been there to help me every step of the way all these years and for that I am eternally grateful.